Originally Posted by misslipu
purchasing a used car from owner but there is no plate.wat can i do?txtxtxtx
Here's a buyer beware brochure about cars from the NYS DMV:
NYS DMV - (Brochure) Let the Buyer Be Aware
(http://www.nydmv.state.ny.us/broch/c18.htm - broken link)
Write down make, model, year, mileage and VIN# of the car you are buying.
Do research with insurance companies as to how much car insurance will cost you (this can be done in person, on the phone, or online).
Choose which insurance you want, make the initial payment, and get copies of your new insurance cards.
Buy your car and you and the old owner write out the bill of sale. You can download/print a bill of sale from the DMV here:
http://www.nydmv.state.ny.us/forms/dtf802.pdf (broken link)
Go to the DMV office to get your registration sticker and license plates. Here are the details of what to bring:
NYS DMV - Vehicle Registration and Certificate of Title
(http://www.nydmv.state.ny.us/register.htm - broken link)
Once you have your new license plates, bring them to your car and put them on. Bring a screwdriver or borrow one from the old owner. Scrape off the registration sticker from the windshield and put your new one on.
Now take your car to an auto mechanic who does NYS vehicle inspections for your inspection sticker, which goes right next to your registration sticker on the windshield.
Done! Happy driving!
Also: In several weeks you will receive a title to your car in your name from the DMV. Once you get it, keep it in a safe place, as you will need it if you choose to sell the car later on.